1972 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Grey "Ghost" Dial

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and most beloved Rolex watches ever made. Launched in 1945, it has remained a timeless classic, instantly recognizable as an item of advanced quality and functional design. The Datejust’s exemplary style makes it an extremely versatile choice, worn just as easily with a suit as with jeans and a t-shirt. The Datejust would make a wonderful starting point for a new vintage collector and is always a great addition to an expanding collection.

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The "Ghost" dial Datejusts are one of the most sought-after dial variants of Rolex Datejusts. The grey dial with white text has received the nickname "Ghost" dial as the white text printed on the dial in certain light blends into the medium grey finish. The "Ghost" dial is a medium grey and not to be mistaken with the more commonly seen grey sunburst dial that has a more metallic-like look making This dial variant not only rare but highly sought-after by the vintage Rolex collector community!


Stock # RLXDJ160172-4
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 29XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless steel
Dial Grey "Ghost"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H "Rolled-Link" Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The thick and symmetrical case has been gently polished in the past and exhibits light signs of use. The white gold fluted bezel has also been polished and remains in great overall condition. The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces is stamped 3/72 and retains 22 links that show normal stretch for the age and style of the bracelet. The bracelet will fit up to an 8-inch wrist.


The exceptional satin grey pie-pan "ghost" dial is beautifully preserved, showing only gentle aging on the edges of the main dial. The dial is a pale grey coloration that blends with the white text at certain angles which creates the sought-after ghost effect. The tritium lume plots have achieved a creamy patina and all remain intact, though there is light degradation present in some of the lume plots when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged a shade darker but coordinate with the dial nicely and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch is recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.